Volunteer Teaching Kenya
Volunteer Teaching Kenya
Are you creative? Like the idea of helping young children reach their potential? As a Volunteer Teacher in Kenya, you can really make a difference in the lives of children who typically have few life opportunities. What’s more, this TRU programme is as life-enrichening for you as it is for them! Embark on this rewarding journey to improve your teaching skills, learn tips and techniques from local staff … and of course, see Kenya!
Volunteer Teaching in Kenya is a vocation …on vacation!
On this programme, you will be placed in a local school in the community where the children will be eager to learn from you! It’s not often they get to experience another culture, so be ready for plenty of questions! To help break down confidence barriers, you should have a fun and engaging approach through games, singing …and anything else which you feel will help capture the children’s attention. In fact, you will be free to use your creativity; resources are scant, so you can even bring your own if you wish! Please note that if you come during the Kenyan school break, you may also be assisting and leading in a school ‘day camp’ – fun times ahead!
Explore all that Kenya has to offer whilst you Volunteer
Kenya is a great place to explore, with many must-see natural landmarks, from waterfalls and National Parks, to hills and even craters. The Kenyan culture is by itself, fascinating to take in, and you will be able to immerse yourself in the way of life during your time here as a volunteer. Don’t forget too, that our accommodation is also a great place to relax and hang out with your new friends, in our outdoor spaces and communal areas with Wifi.
- Help give young children a solid basis in the English language
- Gain practical experience in planning and delivering lessons
- Get to know the local Kenyan community and their way of life
- Taste authentic Kenyan food and enjoy trying out new delicacies
- Stay in our safe and comfortable accommodation with meals included
As a teaching volunteer, you will have plenty of support from your local coordinator who will discuss the day ahead, who you’re working with, and give you tips and pointers to get the most of the day for you and your students! In addition, you will have the opportunity to try out different teaching methods and find those that work best with your students.
Orientation Day Schedule
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Kenyan Do’s and Don’ts, Culture introduction and country history and Swahili Language Lessons.
- Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
- Trip to Nakuru town where you can buy essentials if required
Tuesday to Friday
After breakfast, you will head off to the construction project; this will mainly be at local people’s houses and local community facilities. There you will be briefed on your tasks by our coordinator about the day’s project. Expect to do construction and renovation
work at the project location for 4-5 hours per day with a lunch break in between. Lunch can be had at an appropriate facility near the project site.
- Volunteer Teaching project
- Volunteer Teaching project
- Lesson planning
This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Evenings and Weekends
After a day of volunteering, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures as they go!
Places to Visit
Whether you are into people and cultures, hills or wildlife, there’s something for you here! For example, you can visit the Thompson Falls in Nyahururu, go hiking in Hyrax hills, or at the famous Menengai crater. Further, there are the Equator Springs at Gwa Kungu to marvel at, or a visit Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha where you can simply enjoy taking in the beautiful Kenyan countryside.
Our accommodation is basic but comfortable, with single-gender dorms which sleep 2 – 4 people. There is hot running water for showers, and WIFi is available in the communal areas.
All volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially electricity. Sometimes there are power cuts during the day but do not panic! This is life in the village.
Meals are provided, and rooms are cleaned on the weekends, but you will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized.
Location-wise, our centre is very close to the Greensteds International school and it’s a few minutes walk to the Lake Nakuru National park Southern gate – perfect for a wander after your day of volunteering!
Kenyan cuisine is really flavourful with many spices, and consists of vegetables, potato, eggs, bread, flatbreads (chapati), as well as fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.
There are small shops and local markets nearby that sell fresh fruits and fish, but there are also supermarkets with a greater variety of foods approx 5km away. Further, ATMs are available in Nakuru town, only a short bus ride away. Public transport is cheap and frequent, allowing you to use the centre as a base for your explorations. There are local markets nearby that sell fresh fruits and fish.
Trip Country Info
The first thing that might pop to mind when thinking of Kenya are lions, zebras and leopards. However, this vast country has much more to offer. With 40 national parks and reserves scattered around the country, Kenya features almost every landscape and activity that you can imagine and it will suit any type of traveller’s palette.
Undeniably, safaris are the core of tourism in Kenya, but you might also venture in deeper and discover the Maasai, a semi-nomadic tribe known for its color-filled adornments. Nairobi is another destination to explore, with its bustling nightlife and unique vibes. For those who love nature, a visit to the Great Rift Valley is a must. And for those who enjoy chilling at the beach, Kenya’s coastal area covers almost 80,000 square kilometers and remains sun-filled during most of the year!
Kenya is a big country and its climate varies from tropical along its coast to arid in the north and quite temperate inland. Kenya receives a large amount of sunshine year-round but generally, the hottest period is considered take place in February and March while the coldest one between July and mid August. The “long rains” season happens between March and June, while the “short rain” season is between October and December.
Over the course of history, Kenya has been the hub of migration and henceforth, the country has become one of the most diverse culture and language-wise. The country has over forty different ethnic groups, including Luo, Kamba, Maasai and more. Each speaks a variety of mother tongues, although Swahili remains the most widely spoken language. Moreover, European, Arab, Indian and Pakistani groups who came to the country in the 19th century can be added to the mix of diversity.
Even though religions such as Christianity and Islam are widely spread, many still believe in the ancestor world, where the dead have an impact on the lives of the living. Today, Kenya’s culture, including forms of dress, music and food sees its strong influences from other parts of Africa, India, Europe and the United States. However, in certain parts of the country, many communities retain their traditional lifestyle and culture and people still wear clothes, skins, jewellery as they did centuries ago. Many remote tribes remain absolutely isolated.
Traditional Kenyan food are known for consisting corn, potatoes and beans. A staple dish is Ugali, a porridge made out of maize. Another typical delicacy is irio, a blend of corn, beans, potatoes and beans dipped into meat or vegetable stews.
Kenya Airways offers daily flights between Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Kisumu and Nairobi. Likewise, another popular choice is Air Kenya, which flies regularly between Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Meru, Nanyuki and Samburu.
Kenya has a large bus network between many destinations, but be advised that roads are bumpy. For safety reasons, we highly advise to use long distance buses only during daytime.
Minivans, known as “matatus” in Kenya are another way to get around for short and medium distance travels. Taking a matatu is a must to experience the real Kenya as they are often decorated in colorful and fascinating colours. You can hail a matatu on the side of the road and in this day and age, the network is easier to figure out than ever as routes and schedules are provided on Google Maps.
The train in Kenya is often dubbed the “Lunatic Express”. It travels between Nairobi and Mombasa three times a week. It is undeniably a great experience to travel by train but if time is an issue, we advise you to go for another method of transportation as the train has a bad reputation for being extremely slow and often delayed.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent|
|DBS, Criminal Background Check|
No requirements have been provided.
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance